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SMGS at Roda. August 14th, 2019

After our humid exertions around Las Ramblas last time out, this week’s medal competition at Roda was “just a walk in the park, Kazansky”. A flat track and a cooling coastal breeze reduced the thermal stress factor even if the deep first cut of rough called for some strenuous digging to extract balls nestled down in the depths.

Overall, the course was in excellent condition and reflected the big financial investment we understand has gone into it recently. The bunkers especially were a proper sandy contrast to the shallow-filled, builder’s yard sweepings found in some of the local courses we’ve encountered this summer. Just saying.

The field of 28 members and 5 guests were completing the final round of this season’s Bogeys competition, a format which still seems to frighten off a few of the regulars. With the par +5 maximum per hole scoring format applying, it really isn’t that much different to a Stableford round. Again, just saying.

Nearys;  BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie
Nearys; BTB, Mick, Best Guest Connor and Willie

John Urquhart was the runner-up guest with Connor Lambert taking best guest honours with a superb net 67.

In Bronze, Mike Kaylor finished third on countback (85), new member Steve Sutherland came second (81) and the winner was everyone’s favourite barranca diver, Alan Macdonald, with a very tidy net par round of 72.

Silver division featured Ian Merga making a run from Abacus last week to third this time out (78), followed by Kyrre Skarsmoen (75) and the ever-consistent Chris Wren, who sealed victory with a net 73.

Scoring in Gold was very good (at the top of the field, at least) with Captain Tony in third with a net 73. Joost Boelhouwer was second with an impressive 72 off his 7 handicap but the winner – yet again – was David Alderdice with an outstanding net 67. The handicap committee are debating whether to cut his handicap by 2 or just cut 2 inches off his driver. At the head end.

Nearest the pins were nailed by David Alderdice, Barry (tB) Roehrig, Willie Fenn and Mick Cook. Prizes sponsored by the Property Shop – many thanks, as always, Mick.

The Abacus award for the best job of adding up a very large number went to Kevin Allbright, kindly sponsored and presented by Mike of Mike’s IPTV.

Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright
Lastly in last and definitely not least, Abacus winner; Kev “gercha” Allbright

Finally, the season-long Bogey competition went down to the wire with countback being required to separate runner-up Robin Eastman from this year’s model of medal consistency, Barry Roehrig. Congratulations and well played to you both.

Next week we’re on our outing to Lorca. The cost has been reduced – check the website for details – and sign on by Friday 16 August, please.

Other events upcoming after Lorca are at Vistabella and La Finca. To find out more visit our website www.smgs.org or give our Captain, Tony Smale, a call on 639129223.

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SMGS at Vistabella. April 24th, 2019

Another good SMGS turnout saw 42 members and 5 guests arriving at a sunny but chilly Vistabella for a 9am shotgun start. Indubitably, the cold air increased the usual rate of first hole knee-knocking among those who had bravely opted to wear short trousers.  Where do we find such men?

Thanks to the recent deluge which hinted at the second coming of Noah, buggies were restricted to the concrete paths for two reasons:

1) to avoid damaging sodden fairways

2) the vehicles are not amphibious.

This led those who use buggies – the old, the infirm, the downright lazy – to actually walk more than the, erm, walkers with trolleys. And they paid 5 euros more for the privilege!

Greens were in excellent condition but, like a Katie Price autobiography, difficult to read. There were some tricky pin positions and some bunkers awash with water channels but overall the course was in great nick given the heavy rain at the weekend.

Unfortunately one of our members was unable to continue after 7 holes due to sudden illness. However, on hearing this, Vistabella management issued him with a free voucher – a munificent goodwill gesture greatly appreciated by the society.

At the par three hole 11, Hugh Reilly proudly put his name on the nearest–the-pin card until it was unhelpfully pointed out to him by his fellow players that his first shot had been a mis-hit that barely made the Ladies Tee!

Winning results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 5th Carmel McCann(28), 4th Roger Brierley (32), 3rd Bob Eyland (33), 2nd Mark Ronson(34) and 1st, Ken Flaherty (39) Taking top points for the order of merit.

Silver Category: 5th Adrian Roberts (36), 4th Steve Hart (37), 3rd Kyrre Skarsmoen (38 on CB), 2nd Paul Lambert (38 on CB) and 1st Phil De Lacy (39)

Gold Category: 5th Ivor Turkington (34 on CB), 4th Robin Eastman (34 on CB), 3rd Graham Temple (34 on CB), 2nd Hugh Reilly (36) and 1st Joost Boelhouwer with 39 points.

Nearest the pins (sponsored by Property Shop): Hole 2 Phil De lacy, Hole 7 Mick Roscoe, Hole 11 Barry Roehrig, Hole 15 Joost Boelhouwer

Abacus (sponsored by Adrian Rudge): John Rose

Best Guest: Roddy Duncan (37). Second Best Guest: Bruce Boswell (35)

Our thanks go to all Vistabella staff for their contribution to the day. Next week we will be at Alenda, then on following weeks at El Valle and Font De Llop. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628 22 76 87.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Las Colinas 20th June, 2018

Las Colinas reports to be one of the best courses in the region, today it did not disappoint.  The course was in excellent condition, tee to green. A somewhat reduced field of 33 members and 2 guests turned up to play round four of the society’s Bogeys Shield. A less popular medal format comp.

Some tricky pin positions kept the scoring honest, with only two players shooting a net 70, 1 under par. Gold division produced the best scores of the day. Matt Taylor was top gun, beating Darren Hancock (on Countback) after recovering from an 8 on the first. Only three other players recorded net level par, including a 10 and a 9. Sandbagging chaps?

Captain Tony Smale’s recent handicap chop did not affect him too much, scoring a net 73. The rest of the field tapered away to a distant, wine winning, nett 97! Darren is top of the Bogeys leaderboard with a total score of 219 over three rounds.

The results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Brian Butler (75), 3rd Flaherty (74), 2nd Keith Stevenson (72), 1st Mick Roscoe (71).

Silver Category: 4th Paddy Diskin (79), Mike Kaylor (74), 2nd Brian Mulligan (72), Mike Inns (71).

Gold Category: 4th Tony Smale (73), 3rd Paul Tomlinson (71), 2nd Darren Hancock (70 C/B), 1st Matthew Taylor (70).

Nearest the pins: Hole 5 (G) Darren Hancock. Hole 7 (All) Matt Taylor. 10 (B) Gerald Turner. Hole 14 (S) Mike Kaylor. Hole 17 (All) Andy Crowe.

Best Guest: Jim Imrie (now a member, welcome Jim).

The Abacus was won by budding wine collector Bob Eyland.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Alenda April 4th, 2018

Warm sunshine but a very blustery wind welcomed members to Alenda golf course. The end of “pick and play” meant a return to “real golf”, that is, golfers occasionally playing from bare lies or divots on the fairways. Greens where, as always, in great nick.

Given the conditions, it was no surprise that scoring was on the low side. John Osborne being the only one to tame the course with a creditable 37 points. As the overall winner of the Presidents Trophy Round 2 he received a polo shirt, kindly sponsored by MoneyCorp and presented by Andrew Shaw.

There were three singles matchplay games. Norman Padmore beat Darren Hancock 2&1

only to be later disqualified under breach of rule 6.2. A hard pill to swallow but taken honourably. Phil De Lacy beat Steve Higgins at the 2nd extra hole, and Kyrre Skarsmoen beat Mike Jordan by 2 holes.

San Miguel Golf Society at Alenda April 4th, 2018

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Norman McBride (31 on CB), 3rd Norman Padmore (31 on CB), 2nd Charlie Harkin (32) and 1st Marg Birtwhistle (33)

 Silver Category: 4th Mike Inns (27 on CB), 3rd Paul Wainwright (28), 2nd Kevin Allbright (29), and 1st Ken Flaherty (31)

Gold Category: 4th Robin Eastman (29), 3rd Darren Temple (30), 2nd Darren Hancock (33), and 1st John Osborne (37)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s went to Tony Smale, Mike Inns, Keith Stevenson and Kyrre Skarsmoen. Each winning a sleeve of balls donated by MoneyCorp.

Best guest prize went to Josh Cook.

Bjorn Pettersson won this week’s Abacus, gratefully accepted a bottle of wine from our generous sponsor, Gordon Wilson.

Our thanks to the staff at Alenda for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at La Serena.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella GOLF March 21st, 2018

Weather conditions that one normally associates with links golf on the Baltic greeted the 43 members and one guest at Vistabella. Woolly hats were on show, a rare sight in these parts. However, the day brightened and the cold breeze abated enough to see jackets and jumpers being removed.

Greens, as ever, were slick and well prepared. Buggies not being allowed on the front nine fairways slowed up proceedings somewhat but it was evident that that the new layout needs protection. Tricky pin positions added to the difficulty of building a good score. Given the circumstances, the points amassed by prize-winners were praiseworthy.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Keith Stevenson (37 on CB), 3rd John Trehy (37), 2nd Charlie Harkin (38) and 1st Norman McBride (40)

Silver Category: 4th Ken Flaherty (33), 3rd Kevin Albright (34), 2nd Phil De Lacy (36), and 1st Hugh Reilly (37)

Gold Category: 4th Mike Frankish (34), 3rd Tony Smale (35), 2nd Bjorn Petersson (36), and 1st Humphrey Kelleher (38)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s to Kyree Skarsmoen, Mike Freeman, Chris Hamlett and Norman Cahill.

Mike Inns won the Abacus…again. This week, the Abacus was once more sponsored by Adrian Rudge, golf professional at Vistabella. The wonderful prize of a free golf lesson voucher will hopefully mean that Mike’s monopoly of the Abacus will end soon.

In the matchplay competition, Hugh Reilly and Brian Mulligan won 4 and 2 against Norman Cahill and Mike Jordan.

Our thanks to the staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day. Bar service was excellent and the reasonably priced drinks were greatly appreciated by all.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Roda.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Hacienda del Alamo. March 7th, 2018

Bright sunshine and a stiff breeze greeted the 27 members and 3 guests who moseyed on down to Hacienda Del Alamo for a Bogeys Medal game. The smaller than usual band of golfing brothers was probably due to the course being the second longest in Spain and the medal format which many golfers disdain.

Scoring was a tad unimpressive, best exemplified by Ivan Hanak’s 4 over par 76 stealing the show. While some members blamed the extraordinarily firm fairways and the recently spiked greens for the high scoring, others chose to invent different excuses.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 3rd Chris Hamblett (84 CB), 2nd Kyree Skarsmoen (80) and 1st Mike Inns (78)

 Silver Category: 3rd Theo Boelhouwer (78 CB), 2nd Paul Kelsall 77), and 1st Ivan Hanak (76)

Gold Category: 3rd Bjorn Pettersson (79), 2nd Steve Locke (78 CB), and 1st Darren Hancock (78)

The committee’s cunning plan of creating a greater spread of nearest the pin winners – by allocating individual holes to each category and one hole for all players – went somewhat awry due to “confusion in the ranks, sah!” Darren Hancock won in gold and Bjorn Pettersson won the par 3 open all. Sadly, Bronze and silver awards were casualties of the chaos.

Best guest was Trevor Wignall with 84.

Winner of the Abacus was Brian Butler who last week was the winner of the bronze category. Had his strokes been cricket runs, his score would have had MCC members cheering from the rafters.

Our thanks to the staff at Hacienda Del Alamo for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Alicante.

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San Miguel Golf Society at Vistabella Golf. February 28th, 2018

Poldark-like, overcast conditions greeted the thirty nine members and three guests at Vistabella. In terms of playing the newly-added 7 holes, most were Vistabella virgins. Most of the participants were impressed by the lay-out. However, the rock-hard fairways meant even duffed shots ran like balls on buggy paths.

As always at this course, the undulating greens sorted out men from the boys. Sadly, again, slow play was an issue with some groups taking more than 5 hours to complete the round. The knock-on effect led to early flights waiting in the clubhouse for more than 2 hours for the presentation. Ready golf, gents!

Surprisingly, given the new holes and tricky greens, the scoring in all categories was worthy of praise. Top score of the day belonged to Brian Butler (winning on countback from Mike Inns) with a magnificent 39 points. This week’s Abacus prize was sponsored by Adrian Rudge, golf professional at Vistabella. Instead of the usual bottle of red wine, the bottom scorer – John Osborne – received a voucher for an obviously much-needed golf lesson from Adrian.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Norman Padmore (35), 3rd Norman McBride (38), 2nd Mike Inns (39) and 1st Brian Butler (39 points on CB)

Silver Category: 4th Theo Boelhower (32 on CB), 3rd Brian Mulligan (33), 2nd Roger Webb (34), and 1st Phil De Lacy (36 points)

Gold Category: 4th Bjorn Petterson (34), 3rd Tony Smale (35), 2nd Robin Eastman (37), and 1st Mike Greaterox (37 points on CB)

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (G, S,B & open to all) went to Kyree Skarsmoen, Roger Webb, John Osborne and Joan Balkwill.

Best guest was Roy Foster with 36 points, with Joan Balkwill in runner-up position.

Our thanks to the staff at Vistabella for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Hacienda Del Alamo.

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SMGS at Las Ramblas. February 7th, 2018

On a day when Katarina Witt, John Curry and Robin Cousins, amongst others, would have been at home on the Las Ramblas greens (not merely slick but icily fast and unstoppable), 35 members and 8 guests took on the perfectly described marmite course (you either love it or hate it) of Las Ramblas.

The majority probably hated it as they trudged up the clubhouse steps. A cold strong breeze didn’t help in the battle against what is a complicated course, but the greens were verging on unplayable for many, the most important element reflected in the scoring.

Only the ever-consistent Darren Hancock neared playing to his handicap (6) with 34 points, the next best being Scotty Phillips (16) with 32. A special mention for Russell Bailey’s attempt to the 12th, a long par 3, where he ended up a mere 6 inches from the pin, and for Carmel McCann, the only lady playing, who won her category.

The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category: 4th Norman Padmore (23), 3rd Mike Inns (27), 2nd Paul Cobain (28), and 1st Carmel McCann (30)

Silver Category: 4th Brian Mulligan (24 on CB), 3rd Paul Kavanagh (24 on CB), 2nd Ken Flaherty (25), and 1st Scotty Phillips with 32 points

Gold Category: 4th Norman Cahill (27), 3rd Robin Eastman (29), 2nd John Osborne (30), and 1st Darren Hancock with 34 points.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Adrian Roberts (hole 6), Peter Cuniff (10), Russell Bailey (12) and John Osborne (14).

The Abacus was won once again by Norman McBride

The Best Guest prizes went to winner Barry Lane (31) and runner-up Declan McGuire (26 on CB) who have both signed up to subsequent membership

Our thanks go to the staff at Las Ramblas for their contribution to the day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628227687 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at Hacienda de Riquelme.

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San Miguel Golf Society visits  La  Serena January 17th, 2017   

Thirty seven members and two guests turned out for round one of the President’s trophy. The 1st tee time was at high noon in warm sunshine and a bit of a breeze which died down as the afternoon slipped by. Serena’s three main characteristics were present for all to try and master – tight fairways, slick greens and……oh, yes, nearly forgot – plenty of very wet water !!

Some recent re-jigging of the stroke indices throws up a couple of rarities in an early par 3 being stroke 1 and a par 5 on the back 9 being stroke 18.

It’s certainly a tricky track but sticking to the 2 words, KEEP LEFT, which are adequate to sum up the day’s course management certainly helped to minimise any unscheduled visits to the water. The only 2 “dry” holes, 11 and 12, do give you a chance to become more acquainted with your golf ball but the 13th is far from the doddle that it appears with the wet stuff once again swallowing up its  fair share, with the exception of Robin Eastman who holed out his second shot for an eagle 2.

Our thanks to the helpful team at La Serena who contributed to an enjoyable day which saw a wide range of scoring with quite a healthy percentage up in the 30’s. The results panned out as follows:

The day’s stableford competition results, by category and in reverse order, were the following: Bronze Category: 4th Marg Birtwistle (32) c/b, 3rd Mick Roscoe (33), 2nd Ken Flaherty (36), and 1st Kyrre Skårsmoen with 39 points winning the President’s Trophy R1 over all on c/b.

Silver Category: 4th Ivan Hanak (31), 3rd Peter Girenas (33) c/b, 2nd Roger Webb (33), 1st Paul Kelsall (35). 

Gold Category: 4th Stuart Greyson (33) c/b, 3rd Paul Guest (38) c/b, 2nd John Osborne (38), and 1st Mark Preston with 39 points.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Norman Cahill (hole 3), Ron (Shakey) Stenhouse (hole 9), Phil de Lacy (hole 15 ) and Roger Web (hole17).

The Abacus was awarded to Norman Bride.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628227687 or Robin Eastman 672900510 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at La Finca.

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San Miguel Golf Society at La Marquesa. January 10th, 2018.

36 members eventually turned up to play at the well hidden La Marquesa Golf, of which the society had not played at for many a year due to the fact that there were never enough buggies for hire. That has now been addressed by the owners.

Although the course was not in its best condition it was good to see that they were trying to improve the course with plenty of new trees being planted and a new tee being built on the 8th. Scoring was low meaning only three players bettered their handicaps, all winners in their respective categories.

Play was a bit slow due to the fact that we were following another society who were playing a medal round. Having a two tee start meant that members did not have to hang around too long for the presentation.

The day’s stableford competition results, by category and in reverse order, were the following:

Bronze Category:

4th Ken Flaherty (33), 3rd Keith Stevenson (34), 2nd Norman Padmore (35), and 1st Chris Hamblett with 38 points.

Silver Category:

4th Theo Boelhouwer (33), 3rd Phil de Lacy (34), 2nd  Mike Kaylor (34 c/b), and 1st Russell Bailey with 39 points

Gold Category:

4th Darren Hancock (32), 3rd Norman Cahill (34), 2nd Roger Cain (35), and 1st Tony Sims with 37 points.

Nearest the pins on the par 3’s (open to all) went to Phil de Lacy (hole 5), Ivan Hanak (hole 11), Roger Cain (hole 15 ) and Brian Mulligan (hole17).

The Abacus was won by Kyree Skarsmoen.

Our thanks go to the staff at La Marquesa golf course for their contribution to an enjoyable day.

Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Captain Tony Smale a call on 628227687 or Robin Eastman 672900510 to find out more about the society and its weekly golf get-togethers. Next week we will be at La Serena.

Silver category winners
Silver category winners

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